I feel bad, I must have quit quite a few times."His response? You quit eight times."Now, this may seem like obvious information to most people; after all, it's well-documented that Abdul had her ups and downs with fellow judge Simon Cowell.But can you imagine if she had actually quit the show before it ever aired in the summer of 2002?Host Ryan Seacrest—who has been with the show since Day One—reflects on working with the judges and contestants, and even reveals he was originally approached to judge the show before Season 1.

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But what happens next for the future of reality TV singing competitions?

Which ones will live on for another season, and which ones will soon see the same fate?

(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/Wire Image)LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden attend the press launch for the new series of 'Britain's Got Talent' at ICA on April 11, 2013 in London, England. Wilson/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell attend the press night of 'I Can't Sing!

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But there was never a shortage of really incredible voices and raw talent.

We were always able to find it, and that's what was so exciting."It sure was exciting, wasn't it?RELATED: See photos of Simon Cowell through the years: (Left to right) FOX's American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson pse peaceably at the FOX 2002 Summer TCA Tour at the Huntington Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, CA on Monday, July 22, 2002.Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Image Direct Simon Cowell with a Wilson's leather bag during The 2002 Teen Choice Awards - Backstage Creations Talent Retreat - Day 1 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. Cohen/Wire Image)Simon Cowell during Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Christina Christian of American Idol Leave MTV's TRL - August 18, 2002 at Times Square in New York City, New York, United States.(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 20: Television host Ryan Seacrest poses with American Idol judges (L-R) Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 20, 2005 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3313 -- Pictured: (l-r) 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson, host Ryan Seacrest and judge Simon Cowell during an interview on February 19, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Air Date 1/21/08 -- Episode 3480 -- Pictured: Television personality Simon Cowell during an interview on January 21, 2008 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: Executive producer and TV personality Simon Cowell displays his Founders award in the press room during the 38th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton and Towers on November 22, 2010 in New York City.See photos of all of the "American Idol" winners: It truly is hard to imagine: Without the trio of Simon, Paula and Randy, "American Idol" arguably never would've been what it ended up being.